Thursday, August 13, 2020

Trade Deadline by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

It’s a reunion to remember…

Don’t miss this friends-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn.

Daniel “Bellzie” Bellamy should be on top of the world—a Stanley Cup is the perfect topper to his fourteen-year NHL career. But despite the post-win high, something’s missing. When the chance to play for his hometown team, the Miami Thunder, comes along, he’s open to it. And when he runs into an old friend from his past soon after he makes the move, he wonders if it might be kismet.

Micah Kelly never thought he’d see his childhood crush—and first kiss—again. Danny Bellamy moved on to bigger and better things when they were teenagers, and the idea that Micah’s relationship with the professional hockey player could be anything more than one-sided Instagram thirst seems too good to be true.

Maybe too good to be true is the new reality, though. As the season goes on, Micah teaches Daniel to surf, and Daniel introduces Micah to his lovable pack of rescue dogs and the world of being a hockey boyfriend. Life is good. But when things on the ice don’t go as planned, they’ll have to decide if their rediscovered romance is built to last.

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Book 3
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This is the third book in the series – and I would recommend that you read the earlier ones as they are excellent, and lead you to the point that Venom has won the Stanley Cup. Captain Daniel Bellamy is definitely delighted, but his career is nearing an end, and whilst he doesn't want to leave Venom, he recognises that he has one or two seasons left. When his hometown team in Miami offer him a good deal, he decides it is time to go home. This sets off a sequence of events which he could never imagine, but that in the end, turn out to be amazing!

Daniel's ex-wife chooses to move to Miami too with their children, so at least he will have family close by as he makes the transition to the bottom of the league Miami Thunders. Little did he expect to see his first-ever crush, Micah, though! As they still feel the attraction pinging. Daniel has to acknowledge that his future could be with this man. The journey is not simple, and I loved both the sport and the time we spend at the aquarium – what a great mix.

His hockey career is truly in the gutter; the Thunder team is just not gelling, and his experience, instead of helping, has set everyone on edge. Even after he tries to make peace with the captain, the atmosphere is not great... what is happening to the stellar career now? Thank goodness for his wonderful ex, his lovely children, and now Micah, for showing him what is what.

Very enjoyable, fun, sexy, and unputdownable read.

This story of a Stanley Cup winning captain who transfers to the league’s worst team as one last career challenge is unusual because the hockey element of the book is pretty depressing. Fortunately, the romance that blooms between Daniel and his childhood best friend is wonderful and definitely with a few lost hockey games.

Micah is probably the true hero of this book – and as a marine biologist rescuing dolphins and turtles, he might actually have an even better job than Daniel does. Micah is passionate and successful and the only flaw I can see is that he’s almost too perfect. But Daniel isn’t far off perfect either. As a hockey player at the end of his career, Daniel has accomplished every possible career goal. All he needs to do is work out a plan for his life after hockey.

I love the way Micah and Daniel’s childhood friendship translates into an adult connection that is pretty magical. I love the playful banter between these two and I love the way they are both so proud of each other for realising their childhood dreams.

I think my only reservation about this story is the fact that everything and everyone is almost perfect. Even Daniel’s ex-wife is amazing. My favourite Avon Gale hockey books involve slightly more flawed and more colourful characters. And while Daniel’s new team is a car crash, Daniel and Micah are squeaky clean. They even communicate like grownups. Daniel and Micah’s story is lovely and it would make an inspiring Hallmark movie. I just miss the grit, the attitude, and the humour I’ve come to expect from Avon Gale’s hockey writing.

Also Available in the Hat Trick Series

Book 1
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Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our Off the Ice post.

Book 2
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Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our Goalie Interference post.

Avon Gale

AVON GALE wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it—even if it was a bit weirder than the other hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after—though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. By day, Avon is a hair stylist who loves her job, her clients, and the opportunity to spend her time being creative and making people feel happy and look fabulous.

When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music, or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

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Piper Vaughn

PIPER VAUGHN is a Latinx author and longtime romance reader. Since writing their first love story at age eleven, they’ve known writing in some form was exactly what they wanted to do. A reader to the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book.

Piper grew up in a diverse neighborhood in Chicago and loves putting faces and characters of every ethnicity in their stories, making their fictional worlds as colorful as the real one. Above all, Piper believes there’s no one way to have an HEA, and every person deserves to see themselves reflected on the page.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Trade Deadline (Hat Trick #3) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn to read and review.

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